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   Re: RFC: Attributes and XML-RPC

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  • From: Carsten Oberscheid <co@daisybytes.su.uunet.de>
  • To: "Dave Winer" <dave@userland.com>, <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 12:48:05 +0200

[Dave Winer]
>Attributes are for wispy little very optional things, if they are for
>anything at all. 

Not true. In a classical document markup environment, attributes are an
important means to separate document content from metadata. It is much
easier to process (and eventually to ignore or filter, e.g. for
displaying/editing content) additional information that is encoded in a
different way than the document's content. XML was made for simple
processing, and attributes can be used to support this.

This content/attribute distinction may be less important for XML-RPC or
other data-exchange XML applications, but these are only one (admittedly
important) part of the XML picture.


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